Mandiwanzira bids farewell to ZiFM

HARARE - Supa Mandiwanzira, deputy minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, signed off at ZiFM yesterday with an emotional farewell filled with tributes from his famous staff, which left them close to tears.

The London City University graduate and former Al Jazeera English Zimbabwe correspondent, has joined President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet as a deputy minister.

AB Communications, the media company that owns ZiFM stereo and television production company Mighty Movies, has accepted the move by Mandiwanzira to step down as chief executive officer.

Mandiwanzira, who is being replaced by Susan Makore, said he initially thought his stint in politics would confine him to his Nyanga constituency but was pleasantly surprised after Mugabe named him a deputy minister.

“I did not think I would be called upon,” Mandiwanzira said at a celebrity-filled send-off at ZiFM yesterday. “I was very humbled by the appointment (as deputy minister). I am sure in the considerations of my CV; ZiFM was regarded as one of my achievements. I did not do it alone.”

The deputy minister said he was excited to be working with Jonathan Moyo, his boss.

“I am happy to be working with Professor Moyo for two things. Minister Moyo is a hardworking man and I would be able to become a hard worker and he is an experienced professor from teaching at university level, he is sharp and smart and I would be able to learn from him,” he said.

As he bid farewell to staff at his ZiFM stereo, the journalist-cum-politician recalled the hard times when he was setting up the radio station, when his staff went for four months without pay.

“I am so humbled that I had a team despite challenges of going for almost four months without salary. They did not complain,” Mandiwanzira said. “We want people in the country who will not complain that we don’t have cooking oil on the shelves so Zanu PF must go. People should be resilient.”

After being elected Zanu PF legislator, Mandiwanzira stepped down from ZiFM, a radio station he founded.
With his hands now full, the businessman said he stumbled into politics at the nudging of senior party officials who believed in his mettle.

Mandiwanzira said the 75 percent local content requirement was now an inescapable reality for broadcasters, starting with ZiFM.

Pomp and fanfare characterised the brief send-off ceremony, with emotions high as former employees tried to outshine each other in lavishing praises at their ex-boss.

One lady recited a poem exalting the ex-broadcaster as a “super boss.”

Patience Musa, an employee at the station, was not to be outdone, singing a swan song titled ‘Prayer’.

Comments (8)

GO SUPA GO UNOTIDADISA WENA

VHAVHO - 23 October 2013

I thought Supa trained at the Cardiff University not London

gutter poet - 23 October 2013

Deputy ministers are not members of cabinet..

gutter poet - 23 October 2013

The only way Mandiwanzira and his boss will get a sliver of respectability is by openning the airwaves to other players, period. Of course it will improve his standing in the eyes of the public if he fires Mahoso as well..In any case what is that Mahoso guy good for besides add unncecessary costs anyway?

gutter poet - 23 October 2013

He started off at Harare Polytechnic's Mass Communications department. Why not acknowledge it?

Nesongano - 23 October 2013

Ndaiti Gushungo vaita favour kupa Super hwuDeputy Minister vachinyima svana svokwedu mukoma Makhosine Hlongwani asi ndakazoona vakagonesa vokwedu chavo kutamba neSERUFONI MAGAMES muparliament tovapa masimba endai munovaudza nezvekuno hwoyo wotamba neserufoni . Chinzwa Super chisungurai majoko ehuranda akaita seAIPPA mutipawo tishare nepenyuro dzatinoda kuhwa neti dzenyu dzeZANU

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Long Term - 24 October 2013

Supa is level headed. I have respect for him. Wish you the best my friend

Mugaradziko Stalin - 24 October 2013

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